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Thursday, November 16, 2006

Communism is Dead.... Yeah Right!

1 An International Meeting of Communist and Workers’ Parties took place, in Lisbon, on November 10, 11 and 12, 2006, under the theme “Dangers and potentialities of the international situation. The strategy of imperialism and the energy issue, the struggle of peoples and the Latin America experience, the prospect of socialism.”

The Meeting, with the participation of 63 parties and to which 17 parties that could not attend the meeting, for various reasons, sent messages of greetings, highlighted the most relevant aspects of the international situation. Besides expressing a vehement warning concerning the great threats of our time, it expressed confidence in the capacity of peoples to force imperialism to retreat in its hegemonic designs and achieve new advances, on the path of social progress, peace and socialism.

Various topics, lines of action and initiatives for the development of the solidarity and joint action of the Communist and Workers’ Parties, as well as of other progressive and revolutionary forces were proposed, namely:

• Against militarism and war and in particular for the withdrawal of the forces of occupation from Iraq;
• For the dissolution of NATO and the abolition of foreign military bases;
• Against the imperialist strategy in the Middle East and for actions of urgent solidarity with the Palestinian people and to send missions of solidarity to Palestine and Lebanon;
• Of solidarity with Bolivarian Venezuela and Bolivia and with Socialist Cuba, with the promotion of a week of joint actions of solidarity with this country;
• Against historical revisionism, the whitewashing of fascism, and anti-communism, marking significant dates such as September 11, 1973, in Chile;
• Against the neo-liberal offensive to dismantle workers’ rights and achievements, working to strengthen the mass action and the class-based trade union movement and in defence of migrant workers;
• To take advantage of participation in international events to hold meetings and coordinate the activity of Communists;
• To stimulate cooperation on a regional basis and on specific issues, between the Parties.

The importance of the battle of ideas in our times was highlighted. The participants stressed the importance of marking the 90th anniversary of the October Revolution with various initiatives and expressed their support for the project of an international event to be held in the Russian Federation.

The PCP informed of its intention to promote an international event, on a European level, in connection with the Portuguese presidency of the European Union, which will take place in the second semester of 2007.

Lisbon Meeting 10-12 November 2006: Parties participated

Algerian Party for Democracy & Socialism, PADS
Communist Party of Argentina
Communist Party of Australia
Democratic Progressive Tribune, Bahrain
Workers Party of Belgium
Communist Party of Bolivia
WCP of Bosnia & Herzegonvia
Communist Party of Brazil
Brazilian Communist Party
Communist Party of Britain
New Communist Party of Britain
Communist Party of Canada
Communist Party of Chile
Communist Party of China*
Colombian Communist Party
Communist Party of Cuba
Communist Party of Bohemia & Moravia
Communist Party in Denmark
Communist Party of Denmark
Communist Party of Finland
French Communist Party*
Communist Party of Macedonia
Unified Communist Party of Georgia
German Communist Party (DKP)
Communist Party of Greece
Hungarian Worker' Party
Communist Party of India (Marxist)
Communist Party of India
Tudeh Party of Iran
Iraqi Communist Party
The Worker's Party of Ireland
Party of the Communist Refoundation
Party of the Italian Communists
Peoples' Revolutionary Party, Laos
Socialist Party of Latvia
Lebanese Communist Party
Communist Party of Luxembourg
Communist Party of Malta
Party of the Communists of Mexico
Popular Socialist Party, Mexico
New Communist Party of Netherlands
Communist Party of Norway
Communist Party of Peru (Patria Roja)
Peruvian Communist Party
Portuguese Communist Party
Communist Party of Russian Federation
Communist Workers Party of Russia -
Party of the Communists of Russia
New Communist Party of Yugoslavia
Communist Party of Slovakia
South African Communist Party
Communist Party of Spain
Communist Party of Peoples of Spain
Party of the Communists of Cataluna
Sudanese Communist Party
Syrian Communist Party
Syrian Communist Party
Communist Party of Turkey
The Party of Labour, (EMEP), Turkey
Communist Party of Ukraine
Union of Communists of Ukraine
Communist Party, USA
Communist Party of Vietnam

*participated as observer


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